Miami Swamps Columbia, 65-41
Nov. 21, 2000
Miami 65, Columbia 41
MIAMI (AP) – Reserve guard Joe Gordon scored six points in a 17-0second-half run as the Miami Hurricanes pulled away from Columbia en route to a65-41 win Tuesday night.
The run, which spanned the first 10 minutes of the season half, enabledMiami (2-0) to build a 46-22 lead and virtually finished off the Lions (1-2).Columbia cut the deficit to 49-36 with less than five minutes remaining, butcould not get any closer.
Joe Case’s 3-point field goal with 9:32 remaining broke Columbia’s drought.
Miami’s Marcus Barnes scored eight of his team-high 12 points in the finaltwo minutes. John Salmons added 11.
“I thought this would be a good test for us, with Columbia being such apatient team,” first-year Miami coach Perry Clark said. “We showed ourmaturity in the second half by not rushing shots.”
The Hurricanes’ defense led to eight first-half steals and severalfast-break opportunities.
Darius Rice and James Jones each scored seven first-half points to lead theHurricanes, but Victor Munoz kept Columbia within single digits by scoring 12points, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range.